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Somerset second best at Hampshire

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Somerset were unable to make three wins out of three in the Vitality Blast after losing out to Hampshire Hawks at the Ageas Bowl.

Jason Kerr’s side slip to fourth in the table with two fixtures remaining following a 75-run defeat.

Despite being shorn of the likes of Lewis Gregory, Tom Banton, Craig Overton and Lewis Gregory, Somerset were in confident mood heading into this match following consecutive wins over Gloucestershire and Middlesex. Unfortunately, that run came to an end this evening.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the hosts posted a total of 175 for six. In reply. Somerset were all out for 100 with four overs remaining.

Despite losing the toss, the visitors made early inroads and reduced Hampshire to 22 for three. D’Arcy Short was the first man to go, caught by Will Smeed off Jack Brooks for just two in the second over. A catch from Somerset skipper Max Waller accounted for Toby Albert to give Ben Green a wicket at 22 for two, and that soon became 22 for three when Tom Prest was caught behind off Brooks for five from the opening ball of the fifth over.

Colin de Grandhomme, fresh from his 174 against Surrey earlier this week, and Joe Weatherley rebuilt the innings with a 52-run stand.

De Grandhomme clubbed two sixes and stroked two boundaries for his 28 off 19 balls before chipping Lewis Goldsworthy to James Hildreth at mid-wicket. Weatherley brought up his 50 with a six over fine leg before falling to the very next ball, Brooks taking the catch on this occasion to give Marchant de Lange an important scalp.

Lewis McManus continued where Weatherley left off as he hit 60 from just 36 deliveries.

Somerset got off to the worst possible start when in-form New Zealand opener Devon Conway fell second ball when stand-in skipper Chris Wood found the edge of his bat and McManus took the catch.

Will Smeed looked in good touch with 15 runs off nine balls, but his attempt to hit a big six off Brad Wheal only found the hands of  Mason Crane at cover. Somerset then lost eight wickets for 76 runs with Scott Currie dismissing James Hildreth and Lewis Goldsworthy before the spin of Crane and Short reduced the visitors to 70 for six. Currie and Brad Wheal then wrapped up the tail despite Roelof van der Merwe’s rapid 25.

Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It’s really disappointing, especially with the powerplay we had in which we were outstanding.

“They were 33 for three after six and we let them get away. It was an outstanding partnership between Weatherley and McManus.

“The second half was incredibly poor from us. It was inexcusable. I am not using the missing players as an excuse, we had some young players playing and they are craving a chance and are incredibly talented, but tonight wasn’t their night.”

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